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In April 2022, NextView VC launched their debut accelerator in the thick of the pandemic, while historic shorts like Y Combinator and 500 Startups revisited their standalone strategies . Key changes such as making batches completely isolated and eliminating the cohort model gave us an insight into how some of the most active pre-seed and seed investors were reconsidering their operations.
Fast forward to perhaps too many months, NextView partner Melody Koh informs me that the Accelerator is launching their third group with some major changes, again signaling interesting changes for the seed stage initial view.
The first major change is that NextView is increasing its check size from $ 200,000 for an 8% share of ownership to $ 400,000 for a 10% share of ownership. Large check sizes in this economy are surprising, but Koh's view is that the money will "arm companies with just a few more weapons that can be set up." In addition to market pressures, The company realized that these were the only sources of funding for many start - ups - which meant that they had to make larger initial investments to force these companies to pursue funding.
"It just gives a little more flexibility and the ability for teams to test and implement and get to the next level of milestones that this market is now looking for," she said. To date, over 50% of NextView's accelerating alumni are recognized as underrepresented founders and come from cities including Miami, Seattle, Boston, Birmingham, San. Diego and New York.
Considering its distributed format, the company had to update its mentoring. This time, it combines each of their six to eight starter batches with a key partner for weekly meetings and a high school for monthly meetings. The first one will give the company a more advanced facility while in the herbs and is the result of feedback that NextView has seen from previous organizations. The more involved partnership model could give start-up founders more activation energy when they need it.
And finally, the company is doubling its rule without a demo day. Part of the argument here is that the idea of an annual, flashy event may no longer be necessary for the founders to draw special attention.
“We don’t feel like the fake date type, and the demo date format is the best use of your time,” Koh said. “The way we engage with every company is… 'Okay each of you has a different set of milestones that makes sense to you,' so we're not for it. Really aiming for a demo day as the right way to expend our energy or energy. ”
NextView is not alone in rethinking demo days and its broader investment strategy. Companies like Contrary Capital and start-ups like Launch House are also looking for softer ways to end contracts and encourage start-ups.
Even in a world where capital is a commodity, investors are preparing - perhaps even more so - to find innovative ways to make their money more valuable to founders. "Value added" conversation can be daunting at times, but for me it's just a sign of an emerging class of investors discovering what's best (more) beyond seeing ambitious founders). That’s fun to see, and even something as small as a tweak on an accelerator shape can give us something to think about.
For my full overview of this topic, check out my TechCrunch + column: Startup accelerator definition of 'value add' is coming for an update.
In the rest of this newsletter, we dig into the CES 2022 trends, a fintech startup with a contrarian view of CAC and a feature on the future of Black Girls Code. As always, you can follow my thoughts on Twitter @nmasc_ or listen to me and my friends on Equity.
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From sleek cat collars to color-changing cars, CES will never surprise us. While the TechCrunch team chose to cover the annual technical conference at a distance due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, our reporters were all over the latest and greatest technology scene despite sin. All of our CES coverage can be found at this nice link, but I recommend starting with Brian Heater's CES 2022 themes just for your wet palette.
Here's what you know: Among the announcements so far are BMW's plan to turn cars into mobile cinemas, a paper - based toothbrush scaling mission and, on a more dangerous note, a statement on the importance of surveillance on your baby's temperature.
Other “wait, see” times include:
And the beginning of the week…
Banca! As our very own Mary Ann Azevedo reports, this fintech from Mexico is opting for a non - traditional strategy when it comes to getting customers: going offline. The new company, early stage, targets 50 million people under a bank with face-to-face advertising: consider street sales and a strategically placed debt card booth in vaccine establishments.
Here's what you know: Just a year after its launch, Bankaya CEO co - founders Mauricio Cordero, Ramón Chedraui and Diego Vargas say they have received 450,000 customers. And, adding to their unmistakable strategy, the company has been fully mobilized so far.
Kimberly Bryant and the future of Code Black Girls
Over the holidays, news has surfaced that Black Girls Code co-founder and CEO Kimberly Bryant has been "permanently suspended" from the non-profit organization she launched nearly a decade ago. I spoke to the non-profit board that decided to take her on leave, former employees who claim tensions are rising between Bryant and the group, and of course, Bryant himself for the story. goodbye.
Here's what you know: There is too much nuance in this story to gather everything in a really good view, so I would highly recommend it to those who are interested in reading the whole story. To date, the board claims to have set up a special committee to review grievances against Bryant from former employees and place current and Bryant employees on paid administrative leave. last week "to ensure a full and fair review process."
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